Texas Tech Red Raiders at Baylor Bears

No. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview

The Texas Tech Red Raiders lost both games last week to unranked teams — Oklahoma and Texas — and had plenty of trouble putting the ball in the basket. They averaged 54.5 points in the defeats, shot 36.0 percent from the field and were out-rebounded by 21.  

Nothing will get easier against Baylor. Texas Tech lost the first meeting 57-52 on Jan. 7, when it shot 37.0 percent and lost the battle of the boards by a stunning 19 rebounds. The Red Raiders do have some scoring punch, led by freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey, who leads four double-digit scorers at 15.5 points per game. 

No. 2 Baylor Bears Preview

The Baylor Bears are losing their grip on a share of the Big 12 regular-season title and, perhaps, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after losses in two of their past three games. A home defeat to new No. 1 Kansas on Feb. 22 wasn’t a sin, but Baylor fell out of a tie for the conference lead Saturday with a much less explicable 75-72 setback at TCU.  

The Bears reached their lofty perch through toughness and defense — they allow a Big 12-low 59.3 points per game and yield 39.2 percent shooting — but a slow-down offense tends to be more efficient than explosive. Jared Butler is key; he averages 15.8 points per game.